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876 Days with no Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. What Gives, Mr. Obama?

876 days ago, Barack Obama took office as President of the United States of America. As President, Barack Obama is required under federal law to nominate five members of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the job of which is to use its subpoena power to review the search and surveillance activities of the U.S. Government, to report on violations of Americans’ constitutional rights to Congress and the public, and to coordinate government action in a manner designed to prevent civil liberties violations in the future.

876 days have passed since Inauguration Day, plenty of time to nominate five people. But President Barack Obama has only nominated two people to sit on the board, and he waited until December 2010 to do that. By federal law, three members are required for the board to meet. Until President Obama nominates a third member, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board cannot possibly function.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is required to consider and vote on these two nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not considered their nominations. It has not even scheduled a hearing to consider them.

What is the government for? When it comes to searches and surveillance, it’s for action. When it comes to following the law on searches and surveillance and protecting Americans’ rights, the government is a body of inaction.

4 comments to 876 Days with no Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. What Gives, Mr. Obama?

  • Thank you for the fascinating information! I have loved your post and will continue to watch.

  • John F.

    Pursuant to Public Law 110-53, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board ceased functioning as part of the White House Office in the Executive Office of the President on January 30, 2008. Pub. L. No. 110-53, Title VIII, ยง 801 (2007). The Board now operates as an independent agency within the executive branch. 42 U.S.C. 2000ee.


    • The Board changed its affiliation, that much is true.

      But the Board does not now operate as an independent agency within the executive branch because Barack Obama has not nominated enough individuals to make a quorum and the Senate Judiciary Committee hasn’t bothered to even hold on a confirmation hearing on a single one of them.

      The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board does not exist because Barack Obama and Senator Patrick Leahy have refused to put people on it.

  • From a victim of human rights abuse stemming 42 years upto the present day,our best wishes to fellow victims of human rights abuse,your friends at http://www.Tomthumb.info/ thank you.

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